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Alcatrazz

Alcatrazz was originally formed as a vehicle for vocalist Graham Bonnet, but became famous for introducing budding guitar heroes instead, namely Swedish phenom Yngwie J. Malmsteen and ex-Frank Zappa associate Steve Vai.

After toiling away unsuccessfully for most of the '70s with the Marble and as a solo artist, vocalist Graham Bonnet got his lucky break when he was tapped to replace Ronnie James Dio in Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow in 1979. But after recording the much maligned Down to Earth album and a single live performance headlining the first Castle Donington Monsters of Rock Festival in the summer of 1980, Bonnet was unceremoniously sacked by the temperamental Blackmore. Down but not out, Bonnet set about forming Alcatrazz, drafting veteran musicians in keyboardist Jimmy Waldo, bassist Gary Shea, and drummer Jan Uvena, and looking to reproduce the basic Rainbow sonic formula.

This was made possible with the arrival of Swedish guitar prodigy Yngwie J. Malmsteen, who had already spent a few years in America honing his chops in Steeler (featuring future Keel vocalist Ron Keel). An avowed Blackmore disciple, Malmsteen was just coming into his own as a songwriter and his collaboration with Bonnet yielded an impressive (though ultimately unsuccessful) first album, 1983's No Parole from Rock'n'Roll. Unfortunately, Malmsteen proved to be as egomaniacal as his hero, quitting Alcatrazz for a solo career following their first tour. The band soldiered on, recruiting guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, who was still a relative unknown despite having accumulated years of experience under the tutelage (first as a music transcriber then as a band member) of eclectic avant-guard rock legend Frank Zappa. But 1985's Disturbing the Peace was another commercial flop, and Vai soon quit to join David Lee Roth's band. Finding themselves once again in need of a six-stringer, Alcatrazz hired Malmsteen-clone Danny Johnson for 1986's uninspired Dangerous Games. Disheartened by the indifference of fans and media alike, Alcatrazz decided to call it a day soon after. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live '83

1. Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live

2. General Hospital

3. Kree Nakoorie

4. Island In The Sun

5. Evil Eye

6. Since You Been Gone

7. Hiroshima Mon Amour

8. Suffer Me

9. Desert Song

10. Jet To Jet

11. All Night Long (Bonus Studio Track)

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Track List: The Best Of Alcatrazz

1. Island In The Sun

2. General Hospital

3. Hiroshima Mon Amour

4. All Night Long (Live)

5. Since You've Been Gone (Live)

6. Night Games (Live)

7. Stripper

8. Painted Lover

9. Sons & Lovers

10. God Blessed Video

11. Mercy

12. It's My Life

13. Dangerous Games

14. Undercover

15. No Imagination

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Track List: Dangerous Games

1. It's My Life

2. Undercover

3. That Ain't Nothin'

4. No Imagination

5. Ohayo Tokyo

6. Dangerous Games

7. Blue Boar

8. Only One Woman

9. The Witchwood

10. Double Man

11. Night Of The Shooting Star

12. Island In The Sun

13. It's My Life

14. Undercover

15. God Blessed Video

16. Double Man

17. Wire And Wood

18. Since You Been Gone

19. All Night Long

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Track List: Disturbing The Peace

Disc 1

1. God Blessed Video

2. Mercy

3. Will You Be Home Tonight

4. Wire And Wood

5. Desert Diamond

6. Stripper

7. Painted Lover

8. Lighter Shade Of Green (Instrumental)

9. Sons And Lovers

10. Skyfire

11. Breaking The Heart Of The City

Disc 2

1. Opening (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

2. Breaking The Heart Of The City (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

3. Jet To Jet (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

4. Skyfire (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

5. Sons And Lovers (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

6. Hiroshima Mon Amour (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

7. God Blessed Video (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

8. Will You Be Home Tonight (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

9. Kree Nakoorie (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

10. Since You've Been Gone (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

11. Painted Lover (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

12. Suffer Me (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

13. Stripper (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

14. Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

15. Kojo No Tuki (The Moon Over The Lake) (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

16. Night Games (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

17. All Night Long (Live, October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan)

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Track List: No Parole From Rock 'N' Roll

1. Island In The Sun

2. General Hospital

3. Jet To Jet

4. Hiroshima Mon Amour

5. Kree Nakoorie

6. Incubus

7. Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live

8. Big Foot

9. Starcarr Lane

10. Suffer Me

Comments

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They are just noisemakers with an unnecessary howling vocalist. Thumbs down
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jamieb12871
'83/'84
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jamieb12871
Why couldn't they have headlined ...
W/ PANTERA OPENING (B4 PHIL ...HAD THIS SOUND.... I.e.PROJECTS n the Jungle .....& 1 of my faves- I AM THE NIGHT)
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Just saw Graham B preform last night and for being the age he is still has the voice 1/6/2017
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I would love to be the bassist if they were ever try to try again Graham B.
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Alcatraz!!th a t ' s good music
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Danny johnson is nothing like yngwie !! He's a badass but more blues based !! He's also my uncle
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LMAO! This is so bad it's good!
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Well this is Greg J. Williams , and to all fiddle playing ,six gun shooting heart and ,by actuall chance can hang ,I would love too freaking hear it . Look here in GOD WE ALL ROCK .Keep yanking it out slingers .
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steventausch e r
Danny johnson played with fucken derringer how f**king dare you listen to beyond the f**king universe.im sorry for the vulgarity but i jammed to derringer he is my god so is neil. Pat benatears husband the gerardo family.hi liz derringer say hi to mrs deabarre
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steventausch e r
Mradowski you dont know bonnet or ynwie so die and eat s**t b**ch
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steventausch e r
F**k you mradowski dont listen
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steventausch e r
Im having a guiness and am enjoying f**kers
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mradowski
what a steaming pile of $hit
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thomas.dorsi
Dangerous games was an amazing album. Its my life and Blue Boar rock!
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That review is crap. Danny Johnson is harldy an MAlmsteen-cl o n e for christs sake. Whoever wrote this review is a retard. Dangerous Games was also their best album.

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